Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Living and learning at Conestoga College
From their early beginnings as a community college in 1967, Conestoga has risen to become one of Canada's leaders in polytechnic education and is one of only nine Polytechnic Institutes in Canada.
Conestoga offers small classroom sizes and hands-on, project based learning in the following areas of study - Health and Life Sciences and Community Services, Business and Hospitality, Engineering and Information Technology, Media and Design, Language, Culture and Communications, and Trades and Apprenticeships. Conestoga offers a wide variety of programming from certificates to four-year bachelor degree programs.
Conestoga by the Numbers
See how Conestoga stacks up with these fast facts and figures:
- More than 120 full-time diploma programs, 26 apprenticeship programs, 11 degree programs, 23 graduate certificate programs, a wide range of preparatory programs and more than 130 part-time programs.
- Almost 50 percent of all adults in the region have taken at least one course at Conestoga, and graduates from the college pump over $1 billion into the local economy each year. 53 percent of all healthcare professionals (excluding physicians) in Waterloo Region have been trained by Conestoga.
- Approximately 89 percent of graduates are employed within six months of graduation.
- Conestoga has grown 42 percent since 2005/2006 making it the fastest growing College in Ontario .
- 9,300 full-time students, 35,000 part-time students, 4,000 apprenticeship students and 80,000 alumni.
Conestoga College, Kitchener
Located within Canada’s Technology Triangle, Conestoga has a respected reputation in this growing and dynamic community of over 650,000. Conestoga has campuses in Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Stratford, Cambridge and Ingersoll.
The 138-acre Doon (Kitchener) campus is Conestoga’s largest campus and provides a broad range of full- and part-time programs. Conestoga’s Waterloo campus is a centre of excellence for skilled trades and culinary training. The Guelph campus has emerged as a provincial leader in motive power trades, and the Ingersoll campus is home to Conestoga’s unique Powerline Technician program. Smaller campuses in Stratford and downtown Cambridge provide academic upgrading and career-focused programs.
In the fall of 2011, Conestoga opened a new campus just south of the 401 across from Doon (Kitchener). This 260,000-square-foot facility houses Conestoga’s School of Engineering Technology and Trades, as well as the Institute of Food Processing Technology.
Conestoga Student Life
Conestoga student life is about getting involved, inside and outside the classroom. Volunteer or paid leadership opportunities, clubs and committees, as well as the Student Life Centre, make it easy to jump right in to the Conestoga College experience.
The Student Life Department recognizes each student’s potential to grow and develop, both personally and professionally, while at college. They are there to support you and connect you to meaningful opportunities to get involved on and off campus.
For students looking to stay active, an arena, gym and numerous fitness facilities and fields give plenty of opportunity for athletic activities and sports at the intramural, extramural and varsity level.
Conestoga Student Housing
Conestoga’s residence has over 520 beds, available in shared two-bedroom or open concept units. While the rooms are equipped with everything students need to live and learn, it’s the Residence Life team that makes the on-campus living experience so rewarding for students. The team organizes a variety of events from movie nights to sporting events, as well as awareness sessions and charity events, to encourage all students to be active in their college experience.
Conestoga Student Services
Conestoga has recently constructed a brand new Student Life Centre to house their wide array of services, as well as a new Learning Commons and a bar / bistro for all students. A sample of Conestoga's services includes:
- Counselling, Health and Disability Services
- Aboriginal Services
- Learning Commons
- Career Services & Advising
- Co-op and eLearning
More Conestoga College Information
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